Published on Jul 21, 2020
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With more people returning the to work after being in lock down for months, there has been a focus on road safety in the workplace.
Road safety in the workplace is not just the responsibility of the employer nor the employee, everyone is to take responsibility.
Did you know, that almost 30% of workplace fatalities in NSW are the result of road crashes at work, while about 25% of the state road toll involves a vehicle being used for business.
Does your organisation require the use of fleet vehicles? Are privately owned vehicles being used for business travel?
All employers have a primary duty of care to provide and supervise a safe system of work under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Businesses must provide employees with information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. Having a detail Road Safety Policy in the workplace is the first step to reducing the risk.
Here are some steps to embed road safety in the workplace:
- Gain executive support and ensure commitment
- Understand your worker’s travel and associated risks
- Set clear and measurable goals
- Develop accountability systems
- Document policy and guidelines
- Launch your Road Safety Policy
- Monitor, review and improve
Transport NSW via The Centre for Road Safety provides useful information about key road safety issues, risks and ways employers can help their workers reach the destination safely.
The below resources will assist employers implement road safety within their organisations:
- Digital copy of Road Safety and Your Work: A Guide for Employers https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/downloads/road-safety-and-your-work.pdf
- Guidance for Developing a Road Safety Policy https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/downloads/workplace-road-safety-fact-sheet.pdf
- Information and fact sheets on road safety issues
- A link to National Road Safety Partnership Program supporting resources and materials
- Links to supporting online resources
Transport NSW are again offering a regional drink drive resource “What’s Your Plan B? If You’re Drinking, Don’t Drive”.
The campaign began in 2012 and is aimed at changing attitudes towards drink driving, contribute to an overall reduction in the road toll, and promote alternative transport options and maintain awareness of mobile RBT police enforcement.
For further information visit www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au